It says in Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places., For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. The enemy keeps our eyes peeled for physical battles while keeping us numb and blind to the reality that the real battle is waged behind the curtain.

This spiritual war manifests itself in ways we are subconsciously trained to ignore. We don't see that we are literally slaves to sin. We don't recognize that our physical, mental, and spiritual capacites are bound and chained by one who seeks to destroy us and strip us of eternity.

The only way this war can be won is through prayer. Earnest, pleading, effectual, and fervent prayer. And we must stand in the gap holding, each other up. Scripture says in Isaiah 59:16And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him., And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. This is not by accident but by evil design.

If we are to insulate ourselves and those we love, as well as cooperate with God to save those who are trapped and without a voice, we must hit the front lines of the battle on our knees.

The following definition of human trafficking was taken from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website:

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.

This vile practice is a modern-day slavery and millions are being sold into it annually. It's reach is worldwide and the most vulnerable are those with the least liklihood of being heard. We must be their voice! We have got to band together in unified intercessory prayer on behalf of those caught in, or susceptible to, this slave trade.

Force, fraud, and coercion ... a triple threat. And one that does its insidious work to control victims for the purpose of forced labor or sexual services against his or her will.

These things always happen to someone else until they happen to you or someone you love. Then it gets real. Then we lift up our voices in a wild cry against it all. But while our personal world isn't yet touched by this evil, we feel no ownership in the rescue and prevention efforts.

But who is vulnerable? you might ask. The answer is overwhelming. Because the truth is every age, ethnicity, and socio-economic background is at risk.

Nobody is safe. Not you or your sons or your daughters or the man down the street. The problem is that far-reaching.

First of all, we need to know the signs to be looking for in others. These often include indicators of any of the following:

  • evidence of abuse

  • a controlling parent, partner, or authority

  • signs of duress

  • questionable or concerning living (or working) environment

And while everybody is a potential victim, there are individuals who are at higher risk. Again, these are generally people who are already on the lower end of the power dynamic. Such as:

  • extreme poverty

  • isolated individuals; loners

  • uneducated

  • lack of economic opportunity

  • runaways

  • refugees

Roughly 70% of trafficking victims are female while around 30% are male. And a male is more likely to be sold into forced labor while females are at greater risk of sexual exploitation.

The following graphic, and some of the information found here, was found at the TraffickWatch.org website:

Here are 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to help in this fight for souls:

1. Use your voice. This is huge because when nobody talks about a thing it almost seems the thing ceases to exist. Human Trafficking is not something the mainstream media likes to talk about and so this is not an issue that often makes it into the adgenda of civil rights activists. Study up and inform yourself and utilize your social media and online platforms to raise awareness. If people go missing and nobody is looking for them, they are still missing. The problem doesn't go away just because we want it to.

2. Give your time. Volunteer with an anti-trafficking organization. If many hands make light work, surely they also make more rescues possible. It's not glamorous work and you may be misunderstood, but we need only be concerned with what God thinks of us. We will each be held accountable not only for the evil we choose to do in our lifetimes, but the good we opted not to do when we had the opportunity.

3. Sound the alarm at a civic level. Write your local and state legislatures. Petition lawmakers. Speak up at political and town hall meetings. Send a letter to the editors of influential news outlets.

4. Be watchmen. Begin to pay attention to the people around you. Watch for unusual or suspicious signs in those you interact with regularly. Be alert and unafraid. When you are Spirit-led, report what you see even if you feel conflicted. Don't parlay with the devil while he devours your friend, family member, or co-worker.

5. Pray. Above all, pray. Intercede on behalf of those who don't know how to pray for themselves. Lift up these suffering people to the One who sees all things and is waiting for His opportunity to release every last victim from the shackles with which the enemy has chained them. Plead relentlessly so that God's plans and purposes can be shifted into high gear.

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